Australian teenager Mara Stransky surprised even herself with a stunning day two performance at the Laser Radial World Championships, storming into the top 10 at Medemblik in the Netherlands.
Stransky - who lived most of her childhood on a boat with her parents - seemed to gain in confidence in the sunny 6-8 knot conditions, coming from 10th at the first mark in Race 3 to snare a second placing behind Mirthe Akkerman (NED).
In the following race, the Australian Sailing Squad member lead from start to finish to establish a sizeable victory ahead of Manami Doi (JPN) and Agata Barwinska (POL).
Stransky, 18, she was “more surprised than anyone” with her performance.
“It’s my first World Championship, so coming here was more about experience in a good, high-quality, big fleet,” she said.
“Yesterday my racing was pretty average, I was battling off the line just to get in clean air. Today I just decided I would focus on starting and controlling the things I could control.”
In the men's fleet, Zac Littlewood grabbed a brilliant second behind Poland's five-time World Champion Marcin Rudawski, helping to push him into 10th place overnight.
Two races are scheduled for tonight, Australian time.
See how all the Aussie went: http://www.laserinternational.org/blog/2017/08/20/media-2017-radial-worlds/
Women’s preliminary results after 4 races:
- Evi Van Acker BEL 10pts
- Manami Doi JPN 14pts
- Cristina Pujol ESP 16pts
- Brenda Bowskill CAN 19pts
- Kim Pletikos SLO 19pts
- Dolores Moreira Fraschini URU 19pts
- Svenja Weger GER 20pts
- Isabella Maegli GUA 23pts
- Mara Stransky AUS 24pts
- Pauline Liebig GER 24pts
Men’s preliminary results after 4 races:
- Axel Rahm SWE 9pts
- Daniil Krutskikh RUS 9pts
- Alfonso Fernández ESP 10pts
- Marcin Rudawski POL 19pts
- Maxime Mazard FRA 20pts
- Andrey Godoy BRA 34pts
- Yoshihiro Suzuki JPN 35pts
- Loukianos Zamit GRE 36pts
- Aleksandr Moliakov NED 37pts
- Zac Littlewood AUS 39pts